The Church of FI – Melancholy and February 2017 financial reports from the blogosphere

I write of melancholy, by being busy to avoid melancholy. There is no greater cause of melancholy than idleness, no better cure than business.

To help soothe my growing apprehension and agitation with the current administration (I still can’t admit to myself that it is true), I have committed myself to reading “The Anatomy of Melancholy” by Robert Burton. It is only 1,382 pages long.

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The Big Scratch – March 2017 Net Worth Report

This trend just keeps going up, up, up! This month we broke the $700,000 barrier in net worth! Since I can’t eat or drink my house, I realize my spending money is far less, but even our investment income isn’t doing too shabby.

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Observations on International Women’s Day

Jean Lele is a kindergarten teacher, Jocelyn Lai a Board member, Alice Kale the General Secretary, and Pauline Soaki a former Board member. Women in Solomon Islands experience high rates of violence, are under represented in parliament, and face numerous barriers to accessing financial and economic opportunities. Organisations such as the YWCA are bringing women together to make their voices heard by providing support and training on issues such as women’s leadership, human rights and reproductive health rights.
Photo credit: AusAID/Jeremy Miller

I noticed many different reactions to the global strike that took place on International Women’s day. Some lauded the day as women coming together and promoting awareness of the plight of women worldwide and a reflection of how far we have come. Others reacted with irritation and called women “whiny”. Some even suggested that women who didn’t show up for work should be fired.

Here is one of many  ugly blog posts essentially attacking these women. I encourage you not to read it, it is a worthless piece of drivel and vile hatred.

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Filling Buckets on the road to Financial Independence

“You should structure your finances so that you can leave work at the earliest possibility” – Mr. 1500

 

The accumulation phase is full of assumptions. Will I get a raise each year? Will I get a bonus? Will any financial emergencies come up (I’m looking at you tree!)?

All three of these have the potential to alter goals set in the previous year . I make assumptions so that I can plan, so that I know generally when I can retire.

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The Ledger – The IRA Snafu and February 2017 expense reports

Well, I am feeling pretty stupid. While developing my financial plan late last year, I had decided to contribute $5,500 to each of Mr. TJL’s Roth and Traditional IRA accounts. Turns out you can’t.

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The Church of FI – Time Flies and January 2017 financial reports from the blogosphere

Whew! This year has been busy so far, I can’t believe it is almost March! I am okay with that though as I have already accomplished quite a few things.

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Kids’ Ledger – Revenge of the Tooth Fairy

Little Miss TJL has been hoarding her baby teeth. Every time one has fallen out she has decided that she would rather have the tooth than exchange it for money. Problem is that she plays with them like toys, so they almost always get lost.

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The Big Scratch – Dow Jones reaches 20,000! – February 2017 Net Worth Report

The Dow Jones hit 20,ooo last month! Considering the current political climate, I am very wary about this milestone. Whereas the stock market seemed to be reacting to the Fed over the last couple of years, now it seems the market is responding to policy. We will see where this path leads us, of course, but I remain very skeptical. Nevertheless, we do not pretend that we can time the market, but invest as much as we can as often as we can.

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The Ledger – The Case of the Sad Bottom Line – January 2017 expense reports

Delightfulness

January was far more expensive than planned. The main culprits; Costco, vacation expenses and tree removal costs.

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Ode to a Tree

This is our tree. It is big. Notice the two-story homes around it? It seriously dwarfs the neighborhood.

I love this tree. I believe it is some sort of spruce. It has adorably droopy needles and makes a great alcove for children to play in. I have spent hours watching my child play under this tree.

But it has to go…

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